New Arrivals · Poetry

July 28, 2017
These titles were recently added to the collection of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

Some say

July 27, 2017
McLane, Maureen N., author.
132 pages ; 22 cm
"A dazzling collection of poems exploring the mental landscape of our moment"-- Provided by publisher.

Lessons on expulsion : poems

July 17, 2017
Sánchez, Erika L., author.
73 pages ; 23 cm

High heels & sneakers : my balance myth ; poems

July 14, 2017
Kerrigan, Nancy, author.
36 pages ; 22 cm

Wildly into the dark : typewriter poems and rattlings of a curious mind

July 6, 2017
Gregson, Tyler Knott.
New York, NY : Tarcher Perigree, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC, [2017]
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 20 cm

Housman country : into the heart of England

June 28, 2017
Parker, Peter, 1954- author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
530 pages ; 24 cm
England in your pocket -- The man and his book -- English landscape -- English music -- English soldiers -- The rediscovery of England -- Aftermaths -- Acknowledgements -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index -- A Shropshire lad.
"A captivating exploration of A.E. Housman and the influence of his particular brand of Englishness"-- Provided by publisher.

Ampleforth's miscellany : poetry

June 21, 2017
Ritchie, Michael Karl, author.
North Hampton, NH : Winter Goose Publishing, 2017.
75 pages ; 23 cm
The majority of the poems take their titles and descriptions from "Film Catalog 1971" of the Films and Recordings Department of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.
Copy 1 is signed and dated by the author.

Queen City creates : poetry and art from Cincinnati teens

June 21, 2017
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : [Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, TeenSpot], [2017]
67 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
The content is from the 2016 Teen Fan Art Contest and the 2017 Teen Poetry Contest, both sponsored by the Friends of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County.

For a better world : poems and drawings on peace and justice by Greater Cincinnati artists.

June 20, 2017
[Cincinnati, Ohio] : Ghosn Publishing, 2004-
v. : ill. ; 28 cm.
Editor and organizer: Saad Ghosn.

Scribbled in the dark : poems

June 20, 2017
Simic, Charles, 1938- author.
xiv, 72 pages ; 24 cm
Dark night's fly catcher -- Seeing things -- At the vacancy sign -- That elusive something -- Fair-weather friends -- Uninvited guest -- All gone into the dark -- The week -- To boredom -- Fish out of water -- Illegible scribble -- History -- Signs of the times -- In the courtroom -- Missed chance -- January -- In wonder -- In the snow -- Ancient combatant -- The night and the cold -- All things in precipitous decline -- The cricket on my pillow -- Winter fly -- Bare trees -- Roadhouse -- Stray hen -- The white cat -- The one who disappeared -- The message -- Birds know -- The movie -- Belladonna -- On cloud nine -- Swept away -- My goddess -- The lucky couple -- Dead sure -- The lover -- The saint -- The art of happiness -- In someone's backyard -- Cherry pie -- A day came -- Haunted house -- The blizzard -- The infinite -- Last bet for the night -- Description -- Mystery theater -- Shadow on the wall -- Looking for a place to hide -- Scribbled in the dark -- In the Greek church -- The masque -- Many a holy man -- The lifeboat -- Past the cemetery -- Star atlas -- Night owls -- At tender mercy.
A diverse collection of Simic's poetry.

The songs we know best : John Ashbery's early life

June 16, 2017
Roffman, Karin, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
xv, 316 pages : illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
"My grand party" -- "The pleasant early years" (1927-1935) -- Blue mountain (1936-1940) -- Quiz kid (1940-1941) -- The art of self-education (1942-1943) -- Self-portrait at Deerfield (1943-1945) -- "Undergraduate reflections" (1945-1947) -- "Some trees" (1947-1949) -- "Darkness falls like a wet sponge" (1949-1951) -- "Greetings, friends! (1951-1953) -- "What more is there to do, except stay? and that we cannot do" (1954-1955).
"The first biography of an American master. The Songs We Know Best, the first comprehensive biography of the early life of John Ashbery -- the winner of nearly every major American literary award -- reveals the unusual ways he drew on the details of his youth to populate the poems that made him one of the most original and unpredictable forces of the last century in arts and letters. Drawing on unpublished correspondence, juvenilia, and childhood diaries as well as more than one hundred hours of conversation with the poet, Karin Roffman offers an insightful portrayal of Ashbery during the twenty-eight years that led up to his stunning debut, Some Trees, chosen by W. H. Auden for the 1955 Yale Younger Poets Prize. Roffman shows how Ashbery's poetry arose from his early lessons both on the family farm and in 1950s New York City -- a bohemian existence that teemed with artistic fervor and radical innovations inspired by Dada and surrealism as well as lifelong friendships with painters and writers such as Frank O'Hara, Jane Freilicher, Nell Blaine, Kenneth Koch, James Schuyler, and Willem de Kooning. Ashbery has a reputation for being enigmatic and playfully elusive, but Roffman's biography reveals his deft mining of his early life for the flint and tinder from which his provocative later poems grew, producing a body of work that he calls "the experience of experience," an intertwining of life and art in extraordinarily intimate ways." -- Provided by publisher

We are shining

June 12, 2017
Brooks, Gwendolyn, 1917-2000, author.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 27 cm
"Text originally published as " A Little Girl's Poem" in Very Young Poets, Brooks Press, Chicago, IL. Copyright © 1983 by Gwendolyn Brooks Blakely."--Title page verso.

A people's history of Chicago

June 9, 2017
Coval, Kevin, author.
Chicago, Illinois : Haymarket Books, 2017.
x, 135 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Foreword by Chance the Rapper.
"Coval’s book is divided into 77 poems, one for each neighborhood in the city...[it] begins before 1492 and ends in the present day, right after the Cubs win the World Series" --Lovia Gyarke, New Republic.

Travelers Aid Society

June 6, 2017
Sirkin, Jeff, author.
90 pages ; 21 cm
"Jeff Sirkin’s Travelers Aid Society charts a wayward swerve off the grid of received United States history lessons, a wanderer defying artificial borders. Whether Cincinnati, Buffalo, or Ciudad Juárez, Sirkin turns a city’s artifice aside and confronts its infrastructure instead: machines and the people whose labor operates them. A plumber repairing a drain. A bartender serving last call. These tender-hard (think Gen X punk) poems also document the speaker’s own consumer culture, his service economy. Thrilled to travel (post) cities with this keen-eyed poet" --Carmen Giménez Smith, quoted from publisher's website.

Luz bones

May 26, 2017
Stone, Myrna, 1944- author.
80 pages ; 23 cm
"Luz Bones is a collection of forty-six formal poems, including sonnets, triolets, and other rhymed poems that run chronologically to tell the narratives of real people through time and history. Among them are the famous -such as Martin Luther, Hans Christian Andersen, John James Audubon, the original Siamese twins, Chang and Eng Bunker, and Mae West, as well as the more obscure such as Annie C., and H.L., who relate the joy, sadness and terror of their 'near death' experiences and their aftermath" --Back cover.

How to get over : poems

May 26, 2017
Ford, T'ai Freedom, author.
Pasadena, CA : Red Hen Press, 2017.
111 pages ; 23 cm

Urban contemporary history month : poems

May 23, 2017
Woods, Scott E., author.
111 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Includes index.
"In his second full length collection, Scott Woods further interrogates the intersection of identity and society, exposing the frequently imposed and false duality of twenty-first century Black life by a world that prefers its art and people in neat boxes. The poems of Urban Contemporary History Month navigate multiple sides of the issues it raises - police abuse, idol worship, the definition of Black culture, and the importance of the blues chief among them - chipping away at our understanding and acceptance of American life as we know it. The collection includes extended meditations on juke joint culture, art as a communal projection, and a cento comprised entirely of the first lines of Stephen King stories. Both personal and quietly polemic, Urban Contemporary History Month is a sly, knowing collection told with the trademark humor and intellectual nuance Woods is frequently praised for" --Publisher's website.

We over here now : poems

May 22, 2017
Woods, Scott E.
[United States] : Brick Cave Media, ©2012.
94 pages ; 23 cm
What the black poets will kill me for telling you -- Whuppin's -- To the high school thug who broke into his english teacher's car -- The organist -- How to make a crackhead -- When your white friend says "nigger" by accident -- Ghetto congress -- How to build a juke joint -- Everything you need to know about Prince in 13 songs -- Black barbershop price list -- Allegedly -- The bible in 50 haiku -- Ten places Jesus shed his blood -- Jesus, Judas, and the case of the old woman's son (a murder mystery) -- Stalag 3:16 -- Thing I did while writing this poem -- Flotsam -- Topit -- Milk -- 24-hour horror movie marathon -- I hate zombies like you hate me -- Why you don't remake The Thing -- Cthulhu calls for love -- Comfort woman's gold -- Cruise director -- Surving a zombie apocalypse -- The rainbow trout extols his many virtues to the squid -- The book of burgers -- Saint Veronica of the emergency room -- Mistaken -- I remember me -- Blurbs for poetry books I didn't like -- The sunoco station -- The slaves writes of wagon wheels.

Two worlds exist : poems

May 22, 2017
November, Yehoshua.
Asheville, NC : Orison Books, [2016]
76 pages ; 23 cm
Two worlds exist -- I. A young mother will pause, mids song. Lesson from my father. Conjoined Twins. Falling from the sky. On the eve of our wedding, I accompany my father to his parents' resting place. The bike. The intended destination. -- II. 2AM, and the Rabbinical students stand in their bathrobes. At the request of the organization for Jewish prisoners. One of the few Jews. Briefly. Recently divorced adjunct professor waits in the high school chemistry classroom. Suddenly. -- III. I made a decision. Live like the Ark in the Holy of Holies. The life of body and soul. Between lifetimes. So many poems. Prayer. You stood beneath a streetlight waving goodbye. -- IV. The soul in a body. In a city of modern Jews. Contemporary poets. The possibilities of language. Once, stopped at a light. The lower realm. American Chassid. From another world. Long prayer. In the middle of the in-class essay exam. -- V. Self portrait. -- Glossary -- Notes on poems.
"Yehoshua November's second poetry collection, Two Worlds Exist, movingly examines the harmonies and dissonances involved in practicing an ancient religious tradition in contemporary America. November's beautiful and profound meditations on work and family life, and the intersections of the sacred and the secular, invite the reader -regardless of background- to imaginatively inhabit a life of religious devotion in the midst of our society's commotion" --Provided by publisher.

My daddy rules the world : poems about dads

May 18, 2017
Smith, Hope Anita, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 26 cm
My daddy -- When daddy is sleeping -- Table for two -- Love letter -- Haircut -- Dancing -- Daddy! -- Wrestling -- Playing catch -- The guitar lesson -- Learning to ride -- Some dads -- My first book --My daddy rules the world.
"A picture book of poems that celebrate fathers from a two-time Coretta Scott King Honor-winning poet"-- Provided by publisher.

Goethe : life as a work of art

May 16, 2017
Safranski, Rüdiger, author.
New York : Liveright Publishing Corporation, [2017]
xxvi, 651 pages ; 24 cm
Translated from the German.

Before dawn on bluff road : selected New Jersey poems ; Hollyhocks in the fog : selected San Francisco poems

May 15, 2017
Kleinzahler, August, author.
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2017.
77, 71 pages ; 22 cm
Tête-bêche; book presented in two parts bound back to back; two title pages.
"Selected verse from throughout Kleinzahler's career, organized according to his two homes: New Jersey and California"-- Provided by publisher.


May 15, 2017
Long Soldier, Layli, author.
101 pages ; 23 cm
Part I: These being the concerns -- Part II: Whereas.
The astonishing, powerful debut by the winner of a 2016 Whiting Writers' Award. WHEREAS her birth signaled the responsibility as mother to teach what it is to be Lakota therein the question: What did I know about being Lakota? Signaled panic, blood rush my embarrassment. What did I know of our language but pieces? Would I teach her to be pieces? Until a friend comforted, Don't worry, you and your daughter will learn together. Today she stood sunlight on her shoulders lean and straight to share a song in Diné, her father's language. To sing she motions simultaneously with her hands; I watch her be in multiple musics. -- Provided by publisher.

Cricket in the thicket : poems about bugs

May 12, 2017
Murray, Carol, author.
New York : Henry Holt and Company, 2017.
40 pages : color illustrations ; 24 x 29 cm
"Christy Ottaviano Books."
"Poetry about cool insects with accompanying fascinating facts"-- Provided by publisher.


May 12, 2017
Graham, Jorie, 1950- author.
84 pages ; 23 cm

Twentieth century harlequinade, and other poems

May 12, 2017
Sitwell, Edith, 1887-1964.
Oxford [England] : B.H. Blackwell, 1916.
27 pages ; 19 cm
Copy in Genealogy & Local History Dept., Cincinnati Room, bound in original pink paper wrappers.|5OC

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